Share this entry
vellum Syllabification: vel·lum
Pronunciation: /ˈveləm/

Definition of vellum in English:


1Fine parchment made originally from the skin of a calf.
Example sentences
  • Before the advent of the printing press, books were made of vellum because it was durable.
  • From what scholars have managed to read so far they believe it is an early Christian Psalter written on vellum, a parchment made from animal skin.
  • Irish writings prior to the use of paper and print were written on vellum in a distinctive minuscule script which reflects 1,000 years of literary tradition.
2Smooth writing paper imitating vellum.


Late Middle English: from Old French velin, from veel (see veal).

Words that rhyme with vellum

antebellum, cerebellum, elm, helm, overwhelm, pelham, realm, underwhelm
Definition of vellum in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources